Friday Book Recomendation

When Disaster Strikes

Disasters often strike without warning and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Yet armed with the right tools and information, survivors can fend for themselves and get through even the toughest circumstances. Matthew Stein’s When Disaster Strikes provides a thorough, practical guide for how to prepare for and react in many of life’s most unpredictable scenarios.
In this disaster-preparedness manual, he outlines the materials you’ll need-from food and water, to shelter and energy, to first-aid and survival skills-to help you safely live through the worst. When Disaster Strikes covers how to find and store food, water, and clothing, as well as the basics of installing back-up power and lights. You’ll learn how to gather and sterilize water, build a fire, treat injuries in an emergency, and use alternative medical sources when conventional ones are unavailable.
Stein instructs you on the smartest responses to natural disasters-such as fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and floods-how to keep warm during winter storms, even how to protect yourself from attack or other dangerous situations. With this comprehensive guide in hand, you can be sure to respond quickly, correctly, and confidently when a crisis threatens.

Home Canning – Spotting Spoilage

When done properly, home canned food is safe for consumption for years.  However, it isn’t a foolproof process.  Sometimes seals come unsealed due to small bits of food on the jar rim, improper cooling times before removing from the canner, getting knocked around on pantry shelves, and sometimes the pantry goblin buggers it up just for giggles.

I’ve personally home canned thousands of jars and for the most part had great success.  But alas, I’m not perfect.  For whatever reason, sometimes jars just become unsealed…I usually blame the pantry goblin, but that’s another story.

There are 3 things you should do when opening home canned food to prepare…

1 – look at it before you open it.  If you see discoloration or even something that looks like mold, then discard it.
2 – listen as you open.  You should hear a sucking sound as air rushes INTO the jar.  If you don’t hear that sound, toss the contents and reach for another jar.
3 – Smell it.  Does it smell like the contents should?  If you get an off smell (or even a gag reflex) flush it!

Realize that no one is perfect, and that includes me!  It’s happened before and let me tell you, one can usually spot spoiled food from home canning without questioning it, but the golden rule applies…

If in doubt, throw it out!

Friday Book Recomendation

The Encyclopedia Of Country Living

The bestselling resource for modern homesteading, growing and preserving foods, and raising chickens, The Encyclopedia of Country Living includes how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, can peaches, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, build a chicken coop, catch a pig, cook on a wood stove, and much, much more. This comprehensive resource is the most authoritative guide available to a sustainable lifestyle and living off of the land.

Carla Emery started writing The Encyclopedia of Country Living in 1969 during the back-to-the-land movement of that time. She continued to add content and refine the information over the years, and the book went from a self-published mimeographed document to a book of 928 pages.

This 40th Anniversary Edition reflects the most up-to-date resource information and the most personal version of the book that became Carla Emery’s life work. It is the original manual of basic country skills that have proved essential and necessary for people living in the country, the city, and everywhere in between.

Carla Emery’s The Encyclopedia of Country Living contains 1,000,000 words, 2,000+ recipes, and 1,500+ mail-order sources (for everything she tells you how to do, she also tells you where to get the supplies to do it). This book is so basic, so thorough, so reliable, that it deserves a place in every home.